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      Valerie Harper

      Valerie Harper

      Highest Rated: 63% Golda's Balcony (2007)

      Lowest Rated: 7% Blame It on Rio (1983)

      Birthday: Aug 22, 1939

      Birthplace: Suffern, New York, USA

      A beloved presence on both the stage and screen, Valerie Harper remains best known for her iconic role as Rhoda Morgenstern on "Mary Tyler Moore" (CBS, 1970-77) and the spin-off "Rhoda" (CBS, 1974-78). Born in Suffern, New York in 1939, Harper's father's work required the family to make frequent moves. She had attended school in five different states by the time she opted to remain in New York on her own, studying ballet at Young Professionals School while appearing as a chorus girl at Radio City Corps de Ballet at the young age of 16. Harper went on to appear in Broadway productions like "Wildcat" and "Take Me Along" before joining the improv theater Second City, where she met and began a relationship with Richard Schaal, whom she later married in 1965. Harper branched into on-screen acting with a minor appearance on the soap opera "Doctors" (NBC, 1963-1982) before she and Schaal moved to Los Angeles in order to pursue film and television work more seriously. The pair co-wrote and starred in an episode of "Love, American Style" (ABC, 1969-1974) in 1970, right around the same time that Harper landed the role of Rhoda, best friend to protagonist Mary on the series "Mary Tyler Moore." The massive success of the series made Harper a star overnight, and though she also continued to appear on stage and in movies like "Freebie and the Bean" (1974), by 1974 Rhoda had become such an iconic character that she was offered her own spin-off. Harper began starring on "Rhoda" in 1974, occasionally returning for guest appearances on "Mary Tyler Moore." "Rhoda" wrapped in 1978, the same year Harper and Schaal divorced, and Harper moved on to appear in the film adaptation of Neil Simon's "Chapter Two" (1979). Over the coming years, Harper appeared in memorable projects like the cult hit "Blame it on Rio" (1984) before developing and starring on her own series, "Valerie" (NBC, 1986-1991) beginning in 1986. The family sitcom proved a big hit with viewers and Harper married second husband Tony Cacciotti on the heels of the show's success, but trouble hit after season two when network executives became intractable during routine contract negotiations. Unable to reach an agreement, the network fired Harper and, infamously, wrote her character off of the show, changing the series' name to "Valerie's Family" and eventually "The Hogan Family." Harper sued the show's production company and was awarded $1.4 million plus 12.5% of the show's profits, and she moved on to star on the Paul Haggis series "The City" (CBS, 1990), in addition to starring in acclaimed off-Broadway productions of "Death Defying Acts" and "All Under Heaven." Harper made a memorable appearance on an episode of "Sex and the City" (HBO, 1998-2004) before reuniting with Mary Tyler Moore for the reunion TV movie "Mary and Rhoda" (ABC, 2000). She returned to Broadway to star as Tallulah Bankhead in "Looped" in 2011, earning tremendous acclaim, and enjoyed making cameo appearances as a voice actor on "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1989-) and "American Dad!" (Fox, 2005-). Harper passed away in 2019, several years after being diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer. She was 80 years old.

      Highest rated movies

      Golda's Balcony
      Chapter Two
      Certainty
      Freebie and the Bean
      Blame It on Rio

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      Dancing With the Stars, from left: Peta Murgatroyd, Tristan McManus, Brant Daugherty, Valerie Harper, Tom Bergeron, Brooke Burke-Charvet, 'Episode #1704', Season 17, Ep. #4, 10/07/2013, ©ABC Dancing With the Stars, Tristan McManus (L), Valerie Harper (C), Tom Bergeron (R), 'Episode #1702', Season 17, Ep. #2, 09/23/2013, ©ABC Dancing With the Stars, from left: Tom Bergeron, Tristan McManus, Valerie Harper, Brooke Burke-Charvet, 'Episode #1704', Season 17, Ep. #4, 10/07/2013, ©ABC The View, Valerie Harper, 08/11/1997, ©ABC The View, Valerie Harper, 08/11/1997, ©ABC FREEBIE AND THE BEAN, Alan Arkin, Valerie Harper, 1974 The View, Valerie Harper, 08/11/1997, ©ABC Dancing With the Stars, Valerie Harper (L), Tristan McManus (R), 'Episode #1704', Season 17, Ep. #4, 10/07/2013, ©ABC Dancing With the Stars, from left: Christina Milian, Elizabeth Berkley, Amber Riley, Bill Engvall, Valerie Harper, 'Episode #1704', Season 17, Ep. #4, 10/07/2013, ©ABC The View, Valerie Harper (L), Sherri Shepherd (C), Barbara Walters (R), 08/11/1997, ©ABC FREEBIE AND THE BEAN, Valerie Harper, Alan Arkin, 1974 The View, Jenny McCarthy (L), Valerie Harper (C), Sherri Shepherd (R), 08/11/1997, ©ABC CHAPTER TWO, Debra Mooney, Valerie Harper, Marsha Mason, James Caan, Joe Bologna, 1979 BLAME IT ON RIO, Valerie Harper, Michael Caine, 1984, TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. BLAME IT ON RIO, Valerie Harper, 1984, TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. BLAME IT ON RIO, Michael Caine, Valerie Harper, 1984, TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. BLAME IT ON RIO, Michael Caine, Valerie Harper, 1984, TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. Dancing With the Stars, from left: Christina Milian, Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Jack Osbourne, Peta Murgatroyd, Brant Daugherty, Elizabeth Berkley, Val Chmerkovskiy, Karina Smirnoff, Corbin Bleu, Tom Bergeron, Tyne Stecklein, Bill Nye, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Amber Riley, Derek Hough, Emma Slater, Bill Engvall, Valerie Harper, Tristan McManus, Leah Remini, Tony Dovolani, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Sasha Farber, 'Episode #1703', Season 17, Ep. #3, 09/30/2013, ©ABC 2 Broke Girls, from left: Peter Mackenzie, Valerie Harper, Jennifer Coolidge, Jonathan Kite, Garrett Morris, Matthew Moy, 09/19/2011, ©CBS Dancing With the Stars, Tristan McManus (L), Valerie Harper (R), 'Episode #1704', Season 17, Ep. #4, 10/07/2013, ©ABC

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 87% Betty White: A Celebration Self - 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Mom and the Girl Norma / Nanny (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Banner on the Moon Narrator - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Merry Xmas Mother (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet She's the Best Thing In It Self - 2015
      No Score Yet 86% Marsha Hunt's Sweet Adversity Unknown (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 20% The Town That Came A-Courtin' Charlotte (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2014
      33% 60% Certainty Kathryn (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet 18% Shiver Audrey Alden (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet 31% My Future Boyfriend Bobbi Moreau (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fixing Pete Mrs. Friedlander (Character) - 2011
      63% 57% Golda's Balcony Unknown (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dancing at the Harvest Moon Claire (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet 55% Mary and Rhoda Rhoda Morgenstern Gerard Rousseau (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dog's Best Friend Chicken (Voice) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Mom Swap Grace (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet 52% A Friend to Die For Mrs. Delvecchio (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet 40% Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Fashion Dyan Draper (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stolen: One Husband Katherine Slade (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 33% The People Across the Lake Rachel Yoman (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Drop-Out Mother Nora Cromwell (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Strange Voices Lynn Glover (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Execution Hannah Epstein (Character) - 1985
      7% 40% Blame It on Rio Karen Hollis (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet An Invasion of Privacy Kate Bianchi (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Farrell for the People Liz Farrell (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet 68% Don't Go to Sleep Laura (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Day the Loving Stopped Norma Danner (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Shadow Box Maggie (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet 22% The Last Married Couple in America Barbara (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fun and Games Carol Hefferman (Character) - 1980
      50% 35% Chapter Two Faye Medwick (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet 29% Night Terror Carol Turner (Character) - 1976
      23% 67% Freebie and the Bean Bean's Wife (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet 70% Thursday's Game Ann Menzente (Character) - 1974

      TV

      Credit
      85% 76% The Simpsons Mrs. Butterworth (Guest Voice) 2013 2017
      No Score Yet 62% 2 Broke Girls Nola (Guest Star) 2015
      No Score Yet 73% Melissa & Joey Aunt Bunny (Guest Star) 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dr. Oz Show Guest 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chew Guest 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Signed, Sealed, Delivered Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
      No Score Yet 91% American Dad! IHOP Diner (Guest Voice) 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars Contestant 2013
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2013
      No Score Yet 89% Hot in Cleveland Angie (Guest Star) 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2011 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doctors Guest 2013
      78% 60% Drop Dead Diva Judge Leslie Singer (Guest Star) 2011-2012
      72% 88% Desperate Housewives Claire Bremmer (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2010
      No Score Yet 75% 'Til Death Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      40% No Score Yet Committed Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Less Than Perfect Unknown (Guest Star) 2003-2004
      19% No Score Yet Three Sisters Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Law Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet 82% That '70s Show Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      70% 78% Sex and the City Wallis Wysel (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Melrose Place Mia Mancini (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Promised Land Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Office Rita Stone (Character) 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hogan Family Valerie Hogan (Character) 1986-1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rhoda Rhoda Morgenstern Gerard (Character) 1974-1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show Rhoda Gerard (Character) 1970-1975 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Carol Burnett Show Guest 1973
      No Score Yet 79% Columbo Eve Babcock (Guest Star) 1972